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Research intern

June - August 2020 • Fort Rucker, AL

What I liked

My mentor was fantastic, he was always there to help me when I got stuck and gave me wonderful guidance. I also enjoyed the project which was to create an automated method of measuring hand dexterity with the Leap Motion™ controller.

What I wish was different

I wish that it would have been in person instead of remote.

Advice

Keep in close and frequent communication with your mentor. When working remote it is very possible to misunderstand things.
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Financial Analyst

July 2020 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Promotional capabilities, benefits

What I wish was different

On boarding process

Advice

When working and applying for government roles, be patient. It takes a long time but it worth it
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DNA Research Associate

September 2020 • Gillem Enclave, GA

What I liked

I have had the opportunity to work closely with a DNA research scientist performing forensic DNA research. This was a dream opportunity that has increased my drive to continue into graduate school to receive my Master's so that I may return to work full-time at this facility or a similar facility.

What I wish was different

The restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic have limited my experience by converting my work to tele-working half the time and not having the opportunity to perform formal presentations of my data. Therefore, it would have been ideal to participate in the program in its regular capacity, however I am still immensely grateful for this experience.

Advice

Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. I was worried about doing an internship in a different state, but this has turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.
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Engineering Trainee

June 2018 • Hanover, NH

What I liked

I liked the hands-on experience I gained while performing research at Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. In particular, I enjoyed problem-solving and creating instruments for data collection.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had a close electrical engineering mentor.

Advice

Keep your eyes open, because you'll never know what you'll learn.
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Software Developer Intern

June - August 2020 • Robins Air Force Base, GA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Little More Guidance

Advice

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Signal support systems specialist

August 2015 • Fort Stewart, GA

What I liked

I liked that the military promotes the furthering of higher education and that they pay for college as well as certifications

What I wish was different

I wish more time was given for soldiers to work on academics and programs that will help further their career beyond the military

Advice

The resources are there but you have to ask questions and not wait for it to be offered. Make sure you take the time to study and improve yourself.
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Student Trainee

June - August 2020 • Charleston, SC

What I liked

Everyone was super helpful and supportive which I really appreciated. They were there for you and tried to make the internship the best during such circumstances, which was the covid pandemic.

What I wish was different

That I got to experience it in person. Teleworking definitely gives the internship a different feel.

Advice

To be patient and use your resources wisely.
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Student Trainee (Engineering and Architecture)

March 2020 • Corpus Christi, TX

What I liked

The facilities are state of the art and the organization is well funded.

What I wish was different

There are very limited job openings due to the focus on drawing down the number of government engineers. The shift towards contract labor is decreasing the available opportunities for new hires as the old engineers are staying in longer because of inflation, rising college prices for their kids, and the stock market downturn due to Covid. Generally speaking, the ranks are bloated over the 60 plus age range with a massive wave of retirement expected in the next 3-5 years.

Advice

Try to join a team that is relaxed about doing schoolwork during the workday.
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